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        02-15-2013, 03:43 PM
    Originally Posted by smrobs    
    Hmm, will burning kill them off or do they keep coming back?

    I don't have a problem with them, I'm just curious.
    I've tried and they come back. The only other thing besides 2-4-D that has worked for me is digging each one out with a shovel, but that got old fast.
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        02-15-2013, 03:52 PM
    BO's I got a question. How many of you would be offended if one of your boarders just went and did some maitinance things around the property with out asking you?
    I have done a few things at the place we are now, and at the previous place, mended fences between paddocks, at this new place I fixed the fence the seperated the 2 sided of the automatic water'er, it was a chain link fence nailed to a bunch of cross rails half them where broken, so I went a picked up some new wood and just fixed it
    I didn't ask them, I just did it, no one has said anything to me for doing it, also noticed one day the water'er was leaking and it had formed a huge mound of ice and the horses couldn't drink from it so I got my jack hammer and chipped it down for them, Im assuming they don't mind, just curious how many BO's would mind
    PS - all the supplies and material I use to fix stuff I go and buy
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        02-15-2013, 03:59 PM
    It wouldn't bother me but I would imagine in a normal boarding barn they likely might depending on what it was. My situation is a bit different though, it's my barn with all the amenities but not really a boarding barn and my only boarder is a good friend and my family doctor. Heck, move on in here - I'll leave ya a list of things you could fix LOL.
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        02-15-2013, 04:45 PM
    Haha love to, you are a bit far away from me lol, tho I did just pick up my last horse in Indiana
        02-15-2013, 08:31 PM
    Green Broke
    Burning does not always kill plants. You probably need to go hand pick out the burrs ( that head has all the millions of seeds) , pull out the plant by the roots. If you use a weed killer , make sure there are no animals in the pasture until the 'burn off rate' of the weed killer as stated in the instructions.
    If you approach the BO nicely, not demanding, and offer to help some they may be very agreeable .
        02-16-2013, 12:36 AM
    Originally Posted by tim62988    
    you might be as far ahead to offer to help them fix things

    As far as the burs:
    -A. You must live somewhere warmer to still be dealing with them
    -B. The biggest thing is to actually clip the pasture instead of mow it, you want the mower set at maybe 6-8" and i'm sure they have to spend time getting burrs out of their own horses to but there are times when you just have to deal

    Try putting some show shean in your horses maine & tail before they go out. And also when de-burring as it will help keep them out and then help them come out easier.

    So I would aim at safety things more than something that is inconvenient (unless you know how to operate the tractor or a weed-whacker and are willing to offer to help them with that chore too)
    yeah I live in TN so its not really been cold enough to kill them. They don't really fool with there horses to much as they don't ride. Im the only that's has to spend hours pulling burrs out before I can ride. My horse had the most beautiful mane and forelock at the end of summer then burrs go bad and now his mane and forelock are ruined. I've trired everything to keep them out from braiding to cowboy magic nothing works. I honeslty think that is half the reason my horse starting acting so bad cause he got tired of standing and me pulling lol Im more than willing to help them with of the stuff I mentioned! I wanted to offer to help take the old ring down but my mom wouldnt let me.
        02-16-2013, 12:43 AM
    Originally Posted by maura    
    Just be realistic about your expectations.

    Are you prepared to pay more in your monthly boarding fee to have this things done? All of them cost, both in time and money. Do your BOs have the equipment, time and experience to make these repairs themselves, or would they have to hire them out?

    Put yourself in their shoes - if you accepted the conditions when you moved your horse there, is there a compelling reason for them to change the conditions?

    I like tim's suggestion, you'll get much farther by saying "I'd really like the round pen set up differently, if I did the labor and/or bought the materials, would you be willing to....?" or "I'd really love the pasture mown, I understand it's expensive, would you consider mowing more often if I paid for the diesel fuel for the tractor?"
    They have the equipment, the time, and experience. They just stopped taking care of things after the grandkids left for new york and im the one paying the price. I don't honestly think they would charge more but it wouldnt matter if they did because they don't charge us much anyway. I don't have problem with doing work or getting materials at all but im not going to waste my money for it just to sit there.
        02-16-2013, 12:55 AM
    Originally Posted by Sabino    
    As a BO, we do our best to accomodate requests within reason and as we can get to them. There is ALWAYS something to do at a farm/boarding facility and we try to prioritize the most important or safety issues first. Your requests are very reasonable IMO. They also are probably relatively quick fixes, as long as the BO has access to tractor and brush hog. If one of my boarders made these requests of me, I would do my best to have them done within a few days...
    Thats awesome I would love have you as a BO! Lol I didnt think they were all they unreasonable to me. I want those things done for safey as well as connivance ya know? Yup they have a tractor.
        02-16-2013, 12:57 AM
    Originally Posted by themacpack    
    Not necessarily - even burrs that are not actively growing (ie in winter) remain a problem if left standing in the field. We bought my mare in the dead of winter here, in a decidedly NOT warm winter area, and there were standing burrs in the field and all the horses were well "decorated". It took me a good couple of hours and plenty of show sheen to get the burrs all out of her mane and tail when we got her home.
    I think they are when the plant actually dies because they come off the plant so much easier!
        02-16-2013, 01:01 AM
    Originally Posted by mls    
    Bottom line - were things like that when you moved in? It is not a fair approach to use the 'well I pay for _________' line when nothing has changed. If things have gone down hill - then by all means ask to have the standard brought back to where it was when you moved in.

    It is certainly ok to approach with anything, just be aware as others have suggested that your rates may change accordingly.
    Things were so better when I first got my horses there and then everything happend and the grandkids moved to new york they stopped taking care of things the way they did when their grandaughter rode with me.

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